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What makes the Gripen NG development unique and cost effective is a combination of a model based design and reduced parts count. Both ensure that the Gripen E development is on time and in sync with the latest technologically advanced processes.

The model based development ensures that design errors are detected early and not late in the development process. The system allows verifications to be conducted in simulators and as a result, fewer test flights are needed. So, while almost 4,000 sorties were required to prepare the C/D model, the new test platforms should fly only a combined 1,200 times.

According to Lars Ydreskog, Saab’s head of aerospace operations, a model-based design technique is generating huge benefits for the Gripen E project.

“You can show the operator how they will do something in 2023, before you’ve done anything in the development,” he notes.

At the Dubai Air Show 2015, Head of Saab’s aeronautics business area Ulf Nilsson said that Saab has dramatically reduced the number of parts in Gripen development through modular design. 

For example, for Gripen NG, currently one machine part is being used to manufacture a radar frame, but the number of machine parts was more than 20 for the same in Gripen C. This not only delivers cost efficiency, but also means that every new aircraft will be less complex and quicker to put together.

A lot of these efficiency measures come from Saab's experience in the Gripen’s conversion from the A/B to C/D. With every new ...

As per a news report, the next generation Gripen is garnering a lot of interest and Saab is very optimistic about a new deal.

With the successful implementation of the Brazilian Gripen deal, Saab is looking forward to offer its star fighter to more potential customers. Ulf Nilsson, Head of Saab’s Aviation operations, expressed that Gripen attracted the attention of buyers at the recently concluded Dubai Air Show. 

“We received a lot of enquiries about our agreement with Brazil and on the development process of Gripen,” he says.

Nilsson did not mention any particular country but said that Saab is in conversation with several potential customers and a new Gripen deal may happen as early as the next year.

Saab has also received an order for the new ERIEYE radar system worth SEK 11 billion. The UAE purchased the new system and plans to mount it on Canadian made Bombardier aircraft. The ERIEYE system is capable of detecting activity in air, on land and at sea. 

Read the full story here.

​At the Dubai Air Show 2015, Ulf Nilsson, Head of Saab’s aeronautics business area, revealed that the New Generation Gripen has reached its final assembly stage. These are some of the images from the production process.



According to Ulf Nilsson, model based designing fits extremely well within the Gripen program.

“We had less [production line] feedback on the first aircraft than we have on the running production of the [Gripen] C/D,” he says in an interview with the Flightglobal​.

​"The big news for the Gripen program is that we are moving into the production phase now. We can see the benefits from the model based design. I think we are the only company that has adopted a model based designing in all disciplines. And now we can say it fits extremely well within the Gripen program," says Ulf Nilsson, Head of business area, Aeronautics at the Dubai Air Show. 

Dubai Air Show is the biggest aerospace event in the Middle East which is held after every two years. It boasts of 1,100 exhibitors from over 60 countries. The event started on 8 November and ended yesterday​.

Brazil's Air Force Chief, General Nivaldo Luiz Rossato, together with the Swedish Air Force Chief, General Mats Helgesson, recently paid a visit to the Skaraborg Wing (F7) to know more about the Swedish Air Force training and operating system, reports Forsvarsmakten.

The Brazilian Air Force Chief landed at the Air Base in a Saab 340 and was welcomed with an aerial display of F7 Gripen fighters. The aerial display was led by display pilot Peter Fällén.

Colonel Michael Cherinet, Squadron Chief at Skaraborg Wing took General Rossato on a tour of the Wing and gave an overview of the roles and responsibilities of the Squadron. The tour ended with a visit at the Gripen unit where General Rossato got a hang of the pilot training process and also experienced a Gripen simulator .

Read the full story here.

Image Courtesy: Forsvarsmakten

Flavio Teramoto, lead designer for the rear section of the Gripen E

Akaer will play a vital role in the production of parts of the rear section of Gripen E. Saab has collaborated with Akaer in Gripen development since 2009. The company is presently one of several partner companies involved in the technology transfer in the Brazilian contract for 36 Gripen fighters to Brazil.

Akaer is an engineering consulting firm with special expertise in the Aerospace area. It was founded in 1992. In 2007 when the cooperation between Saab and Akaer started, Akaer employed approximately 70 people, today there are over 300 employees and growing.

“Our collaboration has gone really well. An important job for me as a technical leader and responsible for partner collaboration with Akaer, has been to build and strengthen the team. This means finding functioning ways of collaborating, despite time differences and distances. We also have the cultural dimension and differing views on leadership”, says Erik Jylltorp, Rear Section Technical Leader, Gripen E, Aeronautics.

Read the full story here.

"The program we are setting up right now is of course about delivering the aircraft as soon as possible to the Brazilian Air Force, and also about starting technology transfer to Brazil," says Mikael Franzén, Program Manager for Gripen Brazil.

The technology transfer program was one of the top reasons for the selection of Gripen for the FX2 requirement. The program has been designed to contribute to the development of an independent, advanced defence industrial base in Brazil. 

The technology transfer is divided into approximately 50 Transfer of Technology projects. The first group of Brazilian engineers and technicians (46 employees from Embraer and 2 from AEL) arrived in Sweden this month for on-the-job training. Over time, 350 Brazilian engineers will be coming to Sweden for training programs of 2 weeks to 2 years.

According to Saab, Brazilian industry will be responsible for developing a big part of some of the Gripen systems, including of the two-seat version.

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven paid a visit to the Saab facility in Linköping, Sweden last week. The visit included a tour of the Gripen production site and a meeting with the first group of Brazilian engineers who will work on the development of Gripen, and they also got to see an impressive flight display. Watch the video from the visit. ​​​

Head of Saab Indonesia, Peter Carlqvist with Ambassador Johanna Brismar Skoog

Saab presented the Swedish Air Power Package at a press briefing held at the residence of the Swedish Ambassador to Indonesia in Jakarta. This press briefing was attended by a number of journalist from the media and communities. The media was informed of Saab’s offer and were given the opportunity to raise their questions.

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The Instituto de Fomento e Coordenação Industrial (IFI), Brazil and the Swedish Military Aviation Safety Inspectorate (FLYGI) recently formalized the mutual recognition of certification-related activities in order to ensure the airworthiness of the Gripen E/F to be manufactured by the Brazilian Air Force (FAB). 

In between the 6th and 9th of October they signed an Implementation Procedure (IP) which was preceded by a visit to FLYGI and Saab facilities. The initial draft of the document began in July 2004 and involved numerous email exchanges as well as international meetings. It was finally signed by Col. Anders Janson, director of FLYGI and Col. Marcelo Franchitto, director of IFI on 9th October.

The mutual recognition aims to make more efficient use of skilled labor from both organizations in order to keep the government spending to a minimum. The recognition further enables any future aeronautical projects involving both countries. Read the full story here.

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